Last updated on November 10, 2022.

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Program Size
14 (estimate)
Program Length
22 months
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Program Start
August 1, 2023

Program Contact

Lisa Bress Division Chief, Dental Hygiene

650 W Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate (BS) program is housed at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, a state of the art teaching facility where our students learn alongside dental students and have the benefit of being on a professional campus. Students complete 57 pre-requisite credits at an American regionally accredited college or university and earn their 65 credits of core dental hygiene course work at UMB; thus we are a 2+2 program. This full time program is completed over a two-year period for a total of 122 credits to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Our program provides online components along with classroom attendance, live clinics and live lab sessions.

The only Baccalaureate program in Maryland, our program includes direct patient care within the dental school under dental hygiene faculty plus the opportunity to experience other aspects of dental care called "blocks." Our students work with diverse patient populations such as pediatric, special needs, periodontics, advanced general dentistry, oral surgery and many more. Furthermore, students attend service learning outside the dental school, serving patients in the public health arena throughout the state of Maryland, thus answering the call of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry's mission: to serve all Marylanders.

Be part of a true Baccalaureate experience at The University of Maryland Bachelor of Science program: proudly educating our future leaders and professionals for over 40 years.

Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method Hybrid
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 14 (estimate)
Program Length 22 months
Application Deadline February 28, 2023
Program Start Date August 1, 2023
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 68
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Accepts International Students Yes
Supports Student Visa No
Program Website

Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests


Other Standardized Tests

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Prerequisite Instructions

Students must successfully complete all courses (57 total credits - at least a C grade) from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college by the end of the spring semester prior to fall entry into the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Program.

Letters of Evaluations Instructions

Students must submit two recommendation letters: one from a college-level science teacher and another from a dental hygienist or dentist. Recommendations cannot be family members or UMB faculty. A third letter from an employer is optional. 

Other Requirement Instructions

Other required documents to apply to the Baccalaureate program include the following:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Personal statement/essay
  3. Official transcripts
  4. In-state residency form (if you to be considered for in-state tuition)

Additional Information

Baccalaureate degree-seeking students are required to observe a registered dental hygienist who is presently working in practice for a minimum of eight hours to increase awareness and knowledge of the profession prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program.